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8 measures to improve business environment

Easy access to doing business, particularly commercial activities in the tertiary sector, is Changning’s recipe to boost its economy.

Even the central leadership has highly praised Changning’s strategies for optimizing the business environment.

In the past year, Changning carried out eight reform measures to improve business environment, which included the separation of inspection and customs clearance, one business license with multiple addresses, online market supervision and a one-stop service platform to streamline the application and approval procedures.



Thanks to the separation of inspection and customs clearance, Milk from New Zealand within three days of production are available at local markets, compared to as long as eight days under the inspection procedures previously.

The traditional way of incoming inspection is made when goods enter the city. Now, inspection and testing can be done abroad. The labs paste a traceable QR code on the imported goods they have inspected for a quick scan when they arrive in Shanghai.

If defects are found, the commodities will be recalled immediately through the tracking system. The new practice takes both security and efficiency into account.

Theland Farm Group has increased its imports of fresh milk from 3,000 bottles to 40,000 bottles every week.



At the same time, 17 enterprises have benefited from the practice of “one license with multiple addresses,” which allows enterprises, including foreign businesses, to operate from multiple addresses across the city with one license instead of one for each venue, enabling firms based in Changning, particularly Internet startups, to expand more rapidly.

People get easier access to more outlets and service centers of these companies near their communities, according to Changning government.

The “multiple addresses” under a single license can include the companies’ delivery and reception centers, warehouses and after-sales service sites which means Changning-based companies with multiple outlets or branches do not need to apply for separate licenses for each venue as is the case elsewhere in the city.

What they need to do is to submit a certificate to prove the right to use a new site.

The district’s business watchdog will add the address of the new outlet to the company information immediately. In addition, the previous annual report of each outlet is no longer necessary.

The procedure to launch a new business in Changning has been reduced from seven steps to three and the days required have been shortened to three days from 22 previously. 




Changning is further promoting the establishment of online market supervision and service demonstration zone, deepening the collaboration between the government and enterprises, strengthening big data and information sharing with major online platforms, such as Meituan-Dianping, to enhance the control of market access and keep unqualified businesses away.

Moreover, Changning market supervision officials work with their colleagues in Yuhang District in neighboring Hangzhou City, and share data with Hangzhou-headquartered e-commerce, retail and technology conglomerate Alibaba Group to investigate illegal online sales as online market supervision has become more efficient through the introduction of big data technology.



Changning is deepening the construction of a cluster of innotech talent by improving its talent management strategy.


The Shanghai Hongqiao One-Stop Service Center of Overseas Talents at 999 Jinzhong Road has served more than 100,000 applicants. The application for Foreigner Work Permit has been shortened to 1.6 days in average from 15 days previously.



Changning also issued the first entrepreneurship visa around the country and letters of recommendation for permanent residence in China.



Changning offered 1.45 billion yuan (US$215 million) of tax cut last year for local enterprises. Nearly 3,500 new enterprises were established during the same period. The district also introduced 325 key firms at the time. Enterprises in each of 31 office buildings in Changning paid more than 100 million yuan of tax.

The Changning tax bureau has launched tailored services as well as a bilingual counter since the beginning of last year for all sorts of businesses in the district as well as major tax related matters.



Changning has moved 266 permits to the city’s online approval system. Around 95 percent of the permits and government services required by different industries are available online.



Aviation services, Internet plus life services and fashion and creative industry are three pillars of Changning’s economy. Key enterprises in the three industries reported a year-on-year tax revenue growth of 7.9 percent, 16.7 percent and 7.6 percent respectively.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport’s terminal 1 has become the first airport in China with self-service options at check-in, security and boarding for domestic flights.

Seven Changning-based firms selling fresh produce online have themselves established China’s first service requirements for their online sales to meet rapidly rising demand.

Changning is on its way to become a hub of artificial intelligence industry. The district is now home to more than 130 artificial intelligence companies. 



Changning District People’s Court launched an online tribunal at the beginning of last year. The tribunal heard 1,264 cases involving online businesses last year, among which 1,255 were tried while 53 were heard online.

The Changning court equips the tribunal with a specific panel of judges and creates a tailored online hearing platform for it.

Litigation rules for online hearing are being developed at the court together with a collection of cases for online dispute resolution. A book on “cybersettle” is being written also.


Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily




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